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abstain
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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abstain
Used in
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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  • The proposal was agreeable, and I consented; his father was in town and approv'd of it; the more as he saw I had great influence with his son, had prevail'd on him to abstain long from dram-drinking, and he hop'd might break him off that wretched habit entirely, when we came to be so closely connected.  (not reviewed by editor)

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